Child and Adolescent Psychology Overview
The Adler School offers a Child and Adolescent Psychology track within the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program. Through coursework, students are provided with knowledge and skills pertinent to issues of health and dysfunction with children and adolescents; assessment and intervention methods appropriate to these types of clients; and the broader structural and socio-cultural factors that impact their well-being.
Psychologists who work with children and adolescents work in a variety of settings to assist young people who are struggling with mental health issues and other challenges such as peer pressure, body image, drugs or alcohol, relationships, sexuality, or coping with difficult life changes like parental divorce or death. They conduct formal diagnostic tests, provide counseling and other therapeutic services, develop community-based youth programs, lead prevention initiatives, serve as mentors, and more.
The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program follows the scholar-practitioner model of training and education developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. In classes averaging approximately twelve students, mentorship happens organically from faculty who are experts in areas such as autism, ADHD and other learning disorders, sexual identity, eating disorders, trauma, and school violence.
The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and meets the requirements of the National Register of Health Care providers in Psychology and state licensure guidelines.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
- Present an academic record that demonstrates ability to fulfill the academic demands of the program. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework.
- Practicum or work experience in psychology or a related field is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.
- Complete the equivalent of 18 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of “C” or better, including the following prerequisite courses: general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered. Students may be admitted prior to completing these prerequisites, but all students must complete these courses by the end of their first semester of enrollment at Adler School.
- Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview as the final step in the application process.
- Submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the February 15th deadline.
- Satisfactory completion of:
- 117 credit hours, including all required courses
- 1,500 minimum hours of Clinical Practicum
- 200 minimum clock hours of Community Service Practicum and capstone paper
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and no more than two “C” or “C+” grades (or 6 credit hours)
- Successful completion of
- All qualifying examinations
- Doctoral Dissertation and Oral Defense
- An approved internship
- Completion of application for graduation and full payment of any outstanding tuition or other fees
- Faculty approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychology Track
M.A. Degree Options
Doctoral students may elect to complete the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree while enrolled in the Psy.D. program. Students can earn this additional credential by satisfying the admission and graduation requirements for the M.A. degree as specified in the Adler School catalog. Many graduates report that these additional credentials enhanced their value to internship directors and employers. The attainment of the M.A. degree has assumed increased importance in recent years for students seeking internships in settings that require a graduate degree for reimbursement of services. Pursuing an M.A. degree in addition to the doctorate may result in longer completion times for the doctoral degree.
Doctoral students interested in earning the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree must complete the following requirements:
- Take course 337 Group Therapy to satisfy one of their Basic Intervention electives
- Take either course 662 Overview of Marriage and Family Therapy Models or course 663 Effective Marriage and Family Counseling to satisfy one of their Basic Intervention electives
- Take the following additional courses: 569 Career and Lifestyle Development and 510 Preparation for Counseling Practice